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2024 SI Leader Lab – Connecting Leaders in Civil Society

Are you a leader in an organisation working for a more just, peaceful, and inclusive society SI Leader Lab is a leadership programme for civil society leaders in Eastern Europe and the MENA region who want to discover innovative tools and new forms of collaboration. Apply to SI Leader Lab if you want to grow as a leader, develop your organisation’s advocacy work and exchange knowledge in a network of inspirational peers.

SI Leader Lab is designed to strengthen the capacity of civil society organisations to drive successful advocacy work linked to Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16: promoting just, peaceful and inclusive societies. The programme brings together influential civil society leaders who are open to new digital solutions and innovative methods. The network consists of peers from across various sub-sectors in civil society and provides the participants with broad input from different spheres in the field. SI Leader Lab invites 100 participants from the Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe. 

The programme combines online workshops, in both regional and cross-regional learning groups, with regular coaching support. In October, all 100 programme participants will come together in Stockholm for an intensive week of onsite learning that deepens the experience and enhances collaboration.  

The programme is an opportunity to develop your organisation’s advocacy work and strategic outreach. It is also an opportunity to grow as a leader, exchange knowledge, form new connections and test out innovative tools and methods with peers. 

SI Leader Lab will give you:

  • Personal insights as a leader: how to lead yourself and others through increased self-awareness and increased understanding of group development. 
  • A stronger capacity in your organisation to successfully organise and lead teamwork.  
  • A stronger capacity in your organisation to implement and lead effective advocacy work.  
  • The possibility to share and build knowledge among a network of experts, to inspire each other and to share experiences around common challenges.

Aim and Benefits 

Costs covered and arranged by the Swedish Institute

  • Your flights to and from Stockholm
  • Your accommodation and meals in Stockholm during the onsite meeting in Sweden 
  • Your insurance during the onsite meeting in Sweden
  • All training materials online and onsite 


Applicants to SI Leader Lab must meet the following requirements: 

  • Have a leading position in a civil society organisation or network working towards SDG 16 within the 2030 Agenda. For example, this can be an organisation working within such areas as peace and security, equality and inclusion, transparency and anti-corruption, accountability, and access to free information and media integrity. 
  • Work with a team in which they have a leadership role (formal or informal). 
  • Be between the ages of 22 and 45 (born in the 1978 to 2002 range). 
  • Have a good working knowledge of both written and spoken English. 
  • Be a citizen of Algeria, Armenia, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Moldova, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, Ukraine or Yemen. 
  • Be available to participate in all parts of the programme. 
  • Be prepared to implement tools, competencies and knowledge they gain from the programme in their team and organisation. 

No exceptions can be made to any of the eligibility requirements. 

Please note that SI Leader Lab is a demanding programme that uses experience-based learning and reflection as a tool for personal growth. Therefore, participants need to be dedicated with a strong capacity for self-exploration.

Interview date, Process and Venue 


  • Mid-February – mid-March: Call for applications
  • March – April: Selection process
  • April – October: Online sessions and own project work
  • October: Onsite meeting in Sweden (8 days, 8-16 October)
  • November: Diploma ceremony (online)

Application Deadline

March 12, 2024

How to Apply

For more details, visit SI website.

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